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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
April 20, 2001
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The INS Web Manager, Gregg Beyer, writes in a letter to ILW.COM that the INS plans to offer fillable forms on their site as early as late May or June of this year, but that (unfortunately) electronic filing of forms is still a long way off. Mr. Beyer notes "there are some services and information that INS cannot (yet) provide on its Website so other Websites serve very useful purposes in providing such additional and complementary information." ILW.COM's soon-to-be-launched IFillForms serves the very useful purpose of allowing you not only to complete the forms on line, but to save the information and retrieve it over the internet. You will have access to the information anywhere you have access to the internet - at the office, at a client site, at home (well, alright, maybe that's not an advantage). To add your name to the list to be notified of the release, click here.

The INS Web Manager writes that, "the fillable forms technologies that we assessed permit customers to make mistakes that would almost assuredly lead to rejection of the application," which has delayed their release of fillable forms. Whether a form is filled out with pen and ink, on a typewriter or on a computer screen, mistakes can been made because there is still a human being doing the filling. That is one reason web technologies and information available over the internet will never replace the role of a knowledgeable attorney.

Tip of the Day

Immigrant's Weekly

Some people may not need the thorough and detailed coverage of immigration news provided by Immigration Daily. For those people ILW.COM publishes the Immigrant's Weekly, a newsletter designed to provide the latest immigration news for immigrants. Instead of focusing on immigration law, Immigrant's Weekly is built around the immigrant experience and is intended to meet the needs of immigrants for immigration information. For the Immigrant's Weekly we sift through the week's immigration items to bring you the ones that affect your life and give you the immigration news you need to know.

We encourage readers to write to and share your immigration stories. We invite you to exchange your opinions on immigration issues and share your experiences with others on topics such as: What led up to your decision to move to a new country? Was it for a better job? a better education? to be with your spouse? What problems did you encounter? How did you decide which possessions to take and which to leave? What did your family and friends say? Did they encourage you in your decision or beg you not to go? And what did you find when you arrived? Was it as you expected, or nothing like you expected? If you or someone you know would like to receive free weekly immigration updates in the Immigrant's Weekly please subscribe on ILW.COM's home page or at

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Time to Bury the Ratchet: Replace it with Real Reform
Paul Donnelly writes that it is time for a discussion of a better immigration system, one that renews Americas polity through the direct connection between immigration and citizenship, because the current immigration system has collapsed.

Federal Register News of the Day

Immigration Related Employment Discrimination Public Education Grants
The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices announces the availability of funds for grants to conduct public education programs about the rights afforded potential victims of employment discrimination and the responsibilities of employers under the antidiscrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Applications must be submitted by June 4, 2001.

DOS News of the Day

US-Mexico Binational Group on Bridges and Border Crossings
Delegates from the United States and Mexican Governments and the border states will participate in a meeting of the US-Mexico Binational Group on Bridges and Border Crossings April 23-25, 2001. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss operational matters involving existing and proposed bridges and border crossings and their related infrastructure, and to exchange views on policy as well as technical information.

Immigration News of the Day

Dual Citizenship Sees Slow Start
The San Antonio Express-News reports that, according to the Mexican government, far fewer people than expected are taking advantage of a little-known program to permit Mexicans living in the US, and their children, to carry passports from both countries. Mexican government officials say that the law was passed primarily to give Mexicans living in this country more opportunity to vote, run for public office and maintain access to government social services.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Alka Bahal
Alka Bahal will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Friday, April 20, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I read with interest your Editor's Comments of the Day for April 17 and your intention to offer fillable forms via your Website. From our own recent experience, I would like to suggest that you and any prospective users of these fillable forms approach this subject with healthy skepticism. Even more skepticism is needed when thinking about electronically filable forms anytime in the near future.....(Read the whole letter)

Gregg Beyer
INS Web Manager
INS Headquarters
425 I Street, NW, Suite 4034
Washington, DC 20536

Classifieds of the Day

ILW.COM carries classified ads for immigration related positions. $100 for single insertion, $250 for five consecutive insertions, payable in advance. Contact us for details. We will also carry for no charge announcements such as immigration related events. We reserve the right to refuse any ad and to make minor editorial and formatting changes. Send to

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order to meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals in its NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, STAMFORD and CHICAGO offices. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 or fax 212-750-1121

Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with a national employment-based practice conducted from Irvine, California, is actively recruiting for paralegals with experience in business immigration matters, including work visas and Labor Certification. We require a college degree and paralegal certificate or substantial and relevant experience. Must have excellent writing ability as well as strong research and communication skills. The firm also has immediate openings for Client Services Assistants to assist attorneys and paralegals in providing legal services to clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent computer and communication skills. The firm offers a competitive compensation package, as well as an outstanding support staff and a pleasant working environment (10 minutes from the beach). Please send resume via facsimile to Kerry Polich, Firm Administrator, at 949/955-5599 or via email at EOE.

Face the Music in Austin, Texas: Learn the Latest Immigration Dance. Texas Chapter AILA proudly presents Spring 2001 Immigration Law Conference, April 27-28, 2001, Radisson Hotel & Suites on Town Lake, Austin, TX. For details click here.

The Practising Law Institute, a not-for-profit Continuing Legal Education Organization offers a program on Basic Immigration Law at PLI Conference Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, 20th floor, New York City on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For details click here.

2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts. The Preeminent Law Symposium on Immigration and Nationality Law With an expert faculty and cutting edge programs, the AILA Annual Conference is an unbeatable continuing legal education symposium in terms of scope and value. This event brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading immigration law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the country. Participants spend three and one-half days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the latest developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Attendees can develop their own individualized CLE conference by choosing courses from a wide variety of programs: Core Curriculum, Substantive Practice, Special Mini Tracks, Mock Hearings and Interviews, Litigation Skills Training, Practice Roundtables and Government Agency Open Forums. For detailed program information, and registration forms, please visit the conference portion of the AILA Web site at American Immigration Lawyers Association, 918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Tel: (202) 216-2400, Fax: (202) 371-9449. Contact: Conference Department or E-Mail

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